Day in history for August 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad began building a granary at Chicago 200 feet long by 100 feet wide and over 100 feet high.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The office of the Port Byron Lime Association was entered early in the morning by burglars. The safe was blown open but it contained only about $10. No trace of the burglars had been discovered by late afternoon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.T. Francis resigned as sales manager for the Rock Island Plow Company, a post he had held for 13 years. He was to accept a similar bid with a firm in South Bend, Ind.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Robert Fisher, 25, of Davenport, carrying three automatic pistols, was arrested in a Moline hotel at 10:50 last night, just six hours after he had held up and robbed a brokerage house of $650 cash.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Picketers with placards turned out early this morning at the main gate of the John Deere Planter Works, Moline, as the UAW-CIO called a strike at the four Deere plants in Moline and East Moline and four in Iowa.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Beth Trego, 8, of Moline, was crowned ''Miss Moline Playground'' this week at Prospect Park. Her mother, Judy Trego, was ''Miss Moline Playground'' in 1957.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.

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